As we briefly touched upon in part one and part two of our discussion about throwing a Mardi Gras bachelor party – you don’t have to go all the way to New Orleans to have your own Fat Tuesday celebration. You can bring the party right back to your own hometown, instead!
But hold on a minute – there’s a catch! Because the New Orleans police have just about seen it all, they can be a little more lenient on things like boob flashing and public drunkenness than the cops are in – oh, let’s say – greater Poughkeepsie.
So, while it may be possible for your Bachelor Party “krewe” to treat the main drag of your hometown like it’s your own personal Bourbon Street, it’s not recommended. You’re probably better off having it inside someone’s house, instead.
Now before you get all uppity and all — “Now, how am I gonna get to see some boobies if I’m stuck inside somebody’s house?” – well, just hold your horses. I’ve actually been to a party like this and it was probably the most fun I’ve ever had.
So, listen up while I go ahead and cover both types.
OUT ON THE TOWN
Mark your bachelor – This concept goes right up there alongside The B.O.D.Y. B.A.G. Method as one of the keystone aspects of planning a great bachelor party. You absolutely do not want any confusion as to which guy is The Doomed Groom.
Thankfully, for a Mardi Gras themed bachelor party, this concept is virtually moron-proof. First of all, your bachelor should be the only guy wearing a neck-load of fancy and colorful Mardi Gras beads, ready to hand them out.
Secondly, there are lots of other Mardi Gras accoutrements that you can use to separate your bachelor from the rest of the pack and make him look like a “fool” in the process – and I mean that literally. I’m personally fond of the Mardi Gras Jester Hat, or even the Mardi Gras Top Hat. For more details, check out my article on the best ways to mark your bachelor. You’ll find a lot more ideas there.
Find a target-rich environment – So, you’ve gone to a really tasty Cajun restaurant for dinner and the time has come to get your Doomed Groom flashed by some hotties that are ready-to-party. Hopefully, you’ve already read my article on traveling to New Orleans and the intricacies of beads-for-boobs negotiation. If not, I suggest you do so now. It will tell you the best ways to get to the boob flash as fast as possible when you come across a girl who wants to get some of your beads.
I have some bad news, though… Getting girls to flash in any town other than New Orleans during Mardi Gras is going to be a dicey situation. Since you are not standing in the middle of Bourbon Street, where that kind of behavior is expected, chances are really good that you’ll be rebuffed – no matter how great your beads are.
That’s why it’s so important to go someplace where there is an overwhelming ratio of girls to guys. You will need to turn it into a numbers game. For every 100 girls, there may be only one who will do it. So, the trick is to get to that one girl as fast as possible.
Easy, right? WRONG.
Let them approach you – If you’re around an area where the liquor is flowing free and the music is pumping, you may eventually be able to find some girls that are willing to get into the fun. Whatever you do, though – do not go up to them and ask them to flash you. This is when you get to the hairy edge of what’s harassment and what’s not.
Legally, you could find yourself in really hot water and I do not recommend it. All it takes is one pissed off girl to complain to the cops and you’re in a world of hurt – or, at the very least, thrown out of the club. That’s why – as long as they approach you – you should be safe and can start bargaining.
Honestly, though – what are the chances of that happening? Two words – SLIM and NONE. Or, if it does happen, it could take you all night to actually get the goods. That’s why I don’t recommend doing a Mardi Gras theme party out on the town. What I recommend is –
Throw Your Own Mardi Gras Bachelor Party
Now, it may not sound like the most intuitive thing in the world, but the key to throwing a Mardi Gras themed bachelor party at your house is – get this – invite some girls. This can be the bachelorette and her crew, or it can just be a bunch of girls that you know. It doesn’t matter; just get the ratio of girls to guys higher than the ratio of guys to girls.
Beg, borrow, steal… Do whatever you can to make sure that the party is absolutely packed with girls. As you will soon see, this will be key to whether or not the night is a success.
Now, before you start moaning and groaning about how all co-ed bachelor / bachelorette parties suck, just hold off on your judgment for just a second. In general, I actually agree with you. But, I’ve actually been to one of these — and by the end of the night, it turned out to be the craziest parties of my life!
I saw more boobs (and other things) than I’d ever seen in one place — ever. If you do it right, this type of party can degrade into one of the craziest debauch-fests around.
The game – At the start of the party, everyone is handed a fixed number of strands of Mardi Gras beads, usually about 5 each. Each one is designated a number of points, depending on their size. The smaller strands are worth one point each, the larger strands are worth five points each. The object of the game is for the guests to do everything they possibly can (nudge, nudge) to get as many “points” as possible.
Make sure that before you start, everybody knows that the winner will be given a very special prize. Now, don’t be a cheapskate on this! It will be money well spent. I would recommend that the prize should be something worth about $250 or more.
At the party I went to, they gave out an iPad and the girls went crazy for it. Always remember this little bit of math – how nice the prize is will directly correlate to the enthusiasm of the girls falling over themselves to show you what they’ve got!
Rock you like a hurricane - Before you hand out the beads, you’re going to need to get everybody nice and loosened up as soon as possible. What better way to do that than with the official drink of Mardi Gras, the hurricane? I’ve included a clip below to show you a great hurricane recipe and how to make it. These tasty rum-based lovelies will get the party nice and lubricated, right off the bat. So get yourself pouring! And as they say in New Orleans…
Laissez les bon temps rouler!